HC Deb 16 August 1901 vol 99 c1168

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that property left in cabs and cars of licensed drivers in Dublin, and handed over by them to the Carriage Office authorities of the Dublin Metropolitan Police are, when unclaimed within a certain period, sold, and the proceeds appropriated by the authorities without any consideration being extended to the drivers who delivered them to the police; and, whether, in view of the fact that these cab or car drivers lose time in delivering up valuable articles so found to the authorities at Exchange Court, he will direct that some compensation shall be made to them out of the sums so realised for their loss of time.


The hon. Member has not been correctly informed. Unclaimed property found in licensed vehicles is detained for twelve months and then sold. If the article is valued at £5, or upwards, the Chief Commissioner of Police specially assesses on the merits of each case the reward to be given to the finder. If under £5, a reward equal to three-fourths of the sum realised by the sale is paid.